President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he will give a P2 million-reward each for the capture of the 7 Malabon cops supposedly involved in kidnapping and robbery-extortion.
"According to the Chief PNP, the [President] announced that he will give 2 million per suspect who are still at large, 7 of them,” said PSSupt. Chiquito Malayo, commander of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde has relieved Malabon City Police Chief, Sr. Supt. John Chua to ensure an impartial probe on the alleged kidnapping and extortion case.
The entirety of Malabon Drug Enforcement Unit was also relieved, including Chief PSInsp. Bobby Mario Egera.
Four Malabon City police officers assigned in anti-drugs operations were arrested Monday, the Northern Police District (NPD) said.
The suspects were identified as Senior Police Office 2 Ricky Pelicano, PO2 Wilson Sanchez, PO1 Joselito Ereneo, and PO1 Frances Camua. Seven other suspects remain at large.
The arrest stemmed from the complaint of the family of an alias "Norma" who was allegedly abducted by the suspects in Quezon City after she visited her boyfriend at the Bureau of Corrections' medium security compound.
The 10 police officers allegedly detained her and demanded P2 million, which was lowered to P1 million after negotiations in exchange for her freedom, the NPD added in a statement.
The suspects also allegedly forced the victim to transact with her contact for a kilo of shabu, which was picked up at a hotel in Novaliches, Quezon City.
They allegedly contacted her boyfriend to produce the P1 million for the release of the victim, but the pay-off did not push through.
The Philippine National Police's Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) and the NPD coordinated to rescue the victim and arrest the suspects.
The four police officers have been relieved from their duties, pending the filing of criminal cases against them.